“Loneliness is a growing public health issue that has been exacerbated in vulnerable groups during the COVID-19 pandemic. Computer agents are capable of delivering psychological therapies through the internet, however, there is little research on their acceptability to date.”


“The objectives of this study were to evaluate: (1) the feasibility and acceptability of a remote loneliness and stress intervention with digital human delivery to at-risk adults; and (2) the feasibility of the trial methods in preparation for a randomised controlled trial.


The study found that: “The digital human was a feasible and acceptable way of delivering a remote loneliness and stress intervention to at-risk adults during the COVID-19 pandemic. The intervention and trial methods were most feasible for people living independently. Support was found for further testing of digital humans to deliver remote psychological interventions.”


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